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Former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Rashid Latif has stated that Rahul Dravid was one step ahead of all the Indian batsmen of his era. It is well known that Dravid was technically strong which allowed him to play for long hours. Dravid always knew where his off-stump was and thus he was a great leaver of the ball.
Furthermore, the former Karnataka batsman had a potent defense under his belt and thus he was named ‘The Wall’. Most importantly, Dravid had the patience and he would never throw away his wicket. The right-hander was known to put a price on his wicket and he would anything for the success of the team.
Rahul Dravid was one of the best in the business
Meanwhile, it is also well known that Dravid’s career was always under the shadow of Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar, being a great batsman, was mostly the cynosure of all eyes.
“When it comes to technique and performing under pressure, Rahul Dravid was one step ahead of all those who have represented India. Like I had mentioned in the case of Sehwag, Dravid also played under the shadows of Tendulkar,” Latif said in a YouTube show called caught behind.
Meanwhile, Latif added that both Dravid and Tendulkar had different styles of batting. Tendulkar was more attacking in his approach whereas Dravid’s role was different as he tried to bat through the innings. Latif added Dravid had more partnerships with Sachin, Virender Sehwag, and Sourav Ganguly.
“Tendulkar had a lot of confidence in him to attack from the beginning. This is not to suggest that Dravid didn’t have that but he used to play a different role. When India lost a couple of early wickets, he was the main man, that’s why he was called the Wall.
“If you look at the partnerships then you will find Dravid’s name a lot of times with Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ganguly,” Latif said.
The former Pakistan gloveman added that Dravid was able to score runs all across the globe. Dravid’s average in South Africa was not that impressive by his standards but his records in Australia, New Zealand, and England were up to the mark.
“I mean name me a place where he hasn’t scored runs. He scored against Pakistan. He was good in Australia, South Africa, West Indies, England everywhere,” Latif added.
Rahul Dravid is one of the all-time greats of Indian cricket and he always played with the right spirit. The talisman scored 13288 runs in 164 Test matches at an average of 52.31. Dravid also scored 10889 ODI runs at an average of 39.16.